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ISSUE 01.03.2013 loving God, loving people

Children’s Music Leadership Summit Saturday, January 19, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Registration includes Lunch, Outstanding Training, & Breakout Sessions $20 postmarked by January 11 ❄ $25 after January 11 Featuring Dr. Madeline Bridges... Belmont University Associate Dean, Nashville Children’s Choir Director Barbara Sanders... Elementary Music Teacher, Oak Hill School Children’s Choir Coordinator, First Baptist Nashville Demonstration Chorus... Preparatory Choir of the Nashville Children’s Choir Program


wonderful training opportunity is on the horizon for all Sunday School teachers, childcare teachers, and Children’s Music Leaders. First Baptist Nashville will be hosting a Children’s Music Leadership Summit on Saturday, January 19, 2013, with guest clinicians Dr. Madeline Bridges and our very own Barbara Sanders. You will glean

tremendous insights from these dynamic leaders on how to incorporate music in your teaching experiences with children and how to more effectively utilize music as a tool for sharing Biblical principles for life. Registration for this summit is open to anyone interested in working with children whether they are a member of First Baptist Nashville or not.

Madeline Bridges is Associate Dean for Academic Studies for the School of Music at Belmont University where she teaches in the area of Music Education. Her degrees include a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia; a Master of Music Education from George Peabody College of Education of Vanderbilt University; and a Doctorate in Music Education from the University of Alabama. Dr. Bridges is Director of the Nashville Children’s Choir Program which includes four choirs with a total enrollment of over 200 choristers. She has led choir festivals as well as state and regional mass/honor choirs throughout the United States. Dr. Bridges is a Past-President of the National Board of Directors for Choristers Guild and of the Tennessee Music Education Association. She led the design and implementation of the highly successful annual Choristers Guild Institute, a 3-year summer certification program for leaders of children’s choirs. Her most recent publications include Sing Together Children, published by Choristers Guild (a pedagogical resource for leaders of school and church music programs) and The Book of Church Songs and Spirituals, published by GIA Press. Barbara Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Fresno State University. She serves as Children’s Choir Coordinator at First Baptist Nashville and teaches Elementary Music at the Oak Hill School. Barbara’s wealth of experiences includes leading music conferences and camps from coast to coast, including Ridgecrest and Glorieta. She has served as a curriculum writer for LifeWay Christian Resources and co-authored How to Lead Preschoolers in Musical Activities. Demonstration Chorus – Preparatory Choir of the Nashville Children’s Choir Program; Elaine Bailey-Fryd, director






Tuesdays Men @ Prayer Thursdays TBL Fridays Celebrate Recovery Sundays Service of Word & Table January 7 Deacons Meeting January 9 Comm/Service Group Chair Training Wednesday Activities resume January 10, 24 SAALT January 13 Committee Member Orientation January 16 Business Meeting January 17 SAALT Work Day/Game Day January 18 – 19 Mountain Movers Retreat January 20 Service Group Orientation January 21 MLK Day/Church Offices closed January 23, 30 First Connection Class January 28 Missions in the Morning January 31 Parenting Seminar February 3 Sunday School Extravaganza LCU Preview Souper Sunday


January 6 January 9 January 20 January 25 – 26


Sundays January 6, 13, 20 January 20 January 25 – 26

Children’s Bible Drill Kick-off Choirs & Kids on Mission resume Preschool Family Potluck Picnic DNOW 56 Youth Choir (YC) Youth Lunch/Choir/Fellowship Nashville Food Project Youth Choir to Youth Project

STAFF Birthdays January 5 January 9 January 16 January 18 January 31

Wesley Lankford Shannon Meadors Angie Poore Jennifer Tramel Rus Roach

STAFF ANNIVERSARIES January 1 January 3 January 4

Wesley Lankford Mary Garrott John Ross Angie Poore

18 years 12 years 8 years 13 years

Frank & to the Point

b y D r. F r a n k R . L e w i s , s e n i o r p a s t o r

appy New Year! We made it Hourselves through another year and find at the season of new

beginnings. I hope and pray that 2013 brings a season of spiritual renewal to you and those you love. January is a time when many think about starting some healthy practices. Let me share some of the ways I plan to stretch and grow in 2013. First, I want to stretch and grow as a more effective communicator. I am called to stand and deliver the most important message of all time about three or four times a week.

I want to be the best I can be as your preacher. Near the end of this past year, I was reminded of the gap that exists between my world and that of some of our younger worshippers. With our Minister to Students’ permission, I invited our students to help me think about some of the questions, challenges, and issues (socially and spiritually) that they would like addressed in a sermon. This invitation resulted in about 50 different questions that I’ve broken down into five categories. I’ve taken these questions and will address them starting this month in a series of messages called Questions Our Students Ask. I’m guessing worshippers of all ages are asking some questions too. Here are some of the questions we will seek Biblical answers to in this series:

Questions About God >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 01.06.2013 How do we understand the beginning? When did time begin? Explain the Trinity. Why does God allow pain and suffering? How does free will impact all this? Why did God send Jesus? How can I hear God?

Questions About Life>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>01.13.2013 Why does everyone say “I’m fine” when they aren’t? What’s the difference between happiness and joy? If your life was an iPod, would you be proud of your playlist?

Questions About Church>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 01.20.2013 Why can’t we have screens? Why are the pews so uncomfortable? Why is our music so old? How would you rank us, with me being #1, according to your favorites?

Questions About Living Faithfully>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 01.27.2013 Should Christians attend a same sex wedding? How do we share our faith with those who won’t listen? How do you know your faith is real?

Questions About Growing in Christ>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 02.03.2013 How do you grow stronger and deal with doubts? How can we be good followers?

Other Questions I’d Like to Ask My Pastor>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 02.10.2013 How can we understand healing in the Bible and mental health issues? Was Cain free to choose his destiny? What music do you listen to? What does the Bible say about orphans and adoption? What was your first car? Can love that is forced upon us be love?

I also want to grow as a leader. We have a great opportunity to continue the legacy of being Nashville’s First Baptist Church. I want our influence to count. I want to make an impact on our city for Christ. You can help me do this by participating in a series of First Leader Rallies on Sunday mornings in January and February. Much like some of the listening sessions we’ve had in the past, I’m asking you to come together in intergenerational meetings to talk about where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going as a church. You’ll hear more about these opportunities in the days ahead, but please know how very much your input is valued and needed. I’ve got much to share, but I also want to hear from you. Finally, I want to grow in my faith. I am optimistic about the days ahead of us. Our Master Plan Implementation

Committee is working very hard and will be presenting some significant recommendations to our church family in the near future. Our staff is committed to reaching out in new ways to our city and will be seeking your support soon as we explore some new opportunities. I sense that God is about to move us in a powerful and exciting way because I see Him doing something new and powerful in my life. I’m thankful for the freshness of this year and look forward to serving God with you as we seek to reach our great city for Christ!

Welcome to the Family!


Broadway Dinner Theatre Presents

• Friday, February 22 • Saturday, February 23 (two shows) • Sunday, February 24. following morning worship

Emmanuel Hart

Bill Towns

Jennifer, Jonathan & Vya Butler

Sammy Schrecker

Evelyn Nichols

Sara Pickrell


ollowing successful auditions, we have two casts that will perform four shows. The shows will be in the Fellowship Hall and they will be good! Cost is $20 per person and includes great meal and show. Tickets for reserved seats at our round tables of eight will be available on the first Sunday in January and every Sunday and Wednesday until show time. We have a 15-year-old tradition of selling out every show during a dinner theatre production. Get your seats early and decide now who you are bringing so you can get tickets to sit together. ( Margi Hawkins, 615.664.6050,

Guy & Susan Bates



Justin & Kat Gregory

Marty Farris

First Baptist Men’s Quartet New CD!

our First Baptist Nashville Men’s Quartet has released a CD of songs that have been sung in our church— many are original arrangements written for our church services. A lot of church members have purchased a CD and have come back for several more to give away. Several individuals purchased copies for Christmas gifts. We are just on the righteous side of proud of this recording and we would love for you to hear it and share it. The CD is called What a Savior!, from one of the 13 hymns on the CD. These will be on sale in the Foyer after morning worship each Sunday at a price of $10, or less with a quantity discount. Proceeds will be used to pay the recording expenses. Afterwards, all proceeds will go to the Master Plan. ( Sam Sanders, 615.664.6051,


Our Pastor Encourages Gifts for the Celebrating Grace Hymnal

Dear Church, Singing our song together is an essential part of our worship as a congregation. The hymnal continues to allow congregations to blend the harmony of different voices with the unity of a shared lyric. New songs are published every year that allow congregations like ours to refresh their congregational voice. It’s time for us to do this by purchasing the Celebrating Grace Hymnal. Celebrating Grace has the fingerprints of our congregation all over it. Mark Edwards, former Minister of Music at First Baptist Nashville, served as the editor of this new hymnal; several of our musicians made significant contributions to it, including Kim Hester, Vicki Wright, Sharron Lyon, Philip Owens, Robert Sterling, Sam Sanders, Randy Smith, and Elwyn Raymer. The Celebrating Grace Hymnal reflects our theology and represents our worship heritage while introducing us to new hymns that are destined to become classics. We’d like very much to purchase the hymnals with the cost fully underwritten by the generosity and enthusiasm of our church family. If we can place our order by the end of December, we could use these new hymnals on Easter Sunday. Currently we are about halfway to our goal of $27,500 needed to place the order. You may provide gifts in memory of or in honor of individuals. Another suggestion is to purchase a hymnal for every member of your family to use in worship at $25 per hymnal. Thank you for your help in making the Celebrating Grace Hymnal a tool for future generations in worship under our steeple!




Friday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 3:00 p.m. Now 56 is a discipleship weekend for preteens in grades 5 — 6 focused on friendships and growing closer to God. At this event, preteens stay in host homes, hang out with friends, and rock recreation and games. At this inaugural DNow 56, leaders will conduct three interactive Bible studies on bullying geared for just guys or just girls. On Saturday, guys and girls will meet up for lunch before taking a leap at Sky High Sports. DNow 56 begins at host homes and then ends at Sky High Sports. • Cost: $20 (scholarships available) • RSVP and medical release form required by January 23


( Shannon Meadors, 615.664.6019,



Youth Fellowship Sundays

oin us for a month of music, fellowship, and Bible Study on Sunday afternoons in January.

When: Sundays – January 6, 13, 20 Cost: $3 per person for lunch $12 max charge per family Sunday Schedule: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch for students and families 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Youth Choir rehearsal; Parent Fellowship Time in Youth Area 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Fellowship and Bible Study time in Youth Area ( Brandon Owen, 615.664.6024,

Parenting Seminar THIS Month!

o you want to learn how to be an effective parent? Do you want Biblical guidelines for raising extraordinary kids? If so, join us for this incredibly informative seminar on January 31 as we are taught by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. • 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., Room 370 • $20 (individual); $30 (couple) • Free dinner and childcare You will learn practical ideas to help you address the hearts of your kids. This seminar is entertaining, encouraging, and life-changing. Children birth – age 12 will learn in fun and exciting ways how they can enhance family life. ( Noe Garcia, 615.664.6064,


First Kids & Adult Bible Drill

January Sundays | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Room 360 February – April Sundays | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | Room 355


ible Drill is a challenging yet super-fun semester for Grades 4 – 6 designed to develop skills in order to navigate, memorize, and apply the Word of God. Each independent year, preteens memorize 25 Bible verses, 10 key Bible passages, and can locate a book of the Bible in under 10 seconds! Combined with dinner, themed nights, and large group game time … Bible Drill is a total thrill! For more information, contact Mary Bunn, 615.228.2388. Are you an adult that wishes you could learn what our Bible Drillers know? Adult Bible Drill is coming to Sunday nights beginning February 10. ( Shannon Meadors, 615.664.6019,


Save the date Sunday, January 27 following morning worship

a celebration o f

RU S ROACH 2 5 y e a r s o f m i n i s t ry


First Baptist Nashville Missions Booklet


Searching for Cancer Survivors

by Rus Roach, minister of pastoral care

by Rus Roach, minister of pastoral care

he 2013 edition of our First Baptist Nashville Missions Ministry Guide will be available in early January. Look for it! It will inform you of our monthly collections so you can plan to participate and contribute.

ho knows if there was a purpose in my developing cancer in 2012. But at least we can do something to not waste the experience. Many of you have been or are there also. I would love to have a list of all our folks who have experience with any form of cancer. Maybe your spouse or parent was afflicted with the disease. Let me know what it was, when the diagnosis was, and then the result. I am thinking there is an outreach opportunity to our community that will encourage and educate as well.


The guide will highlight some of the mission trips that we have on the calendar already so you may make your plans accordingly. It will summarize some of the mission organizations and opportunities within the church that will encourage your growth in service and mission. The booklet will be a very helpful guide throughout 2013. Use it and don’t lose it! ( Rus Roach, 615.664.6021,



Severe Weather Season Has Arrived

n case of severe weather conditions, a decision will be made by the Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor if scheduled church activities and/or services will be canceled. Decisions regarding cancellation of Sunday and Wednesday evening activities will be made as soon as possible. Sunday night closures may be announced during morning worship. A message will be placed on the main church office number, 615.664.6000, and the church website, Weekday activities other than Wednesday night activities will follow the Metro Nashville School System schedule. The church office will be open during regular office hours, and Thursday Business Lunch will proceed as scheduled.


Additionally, if you are willing to help on a task force to develop a plan on what to do, let me know. I don’t think my Heavenly Father sent this disease to me, but I do believe He expects me to use the experience to His glory somehow. Maybe you can help me (and us) figure out what that is. Email me or jot me a note and hand it to me. Blessings and healing to you. ( Rus Roach, 615.664.6021,


January Collection

ur January collection is on O behalf of the Christian Women’s Job Corps. What a

marvelous organization created by our state Baptist women’s group to serve women needing help in job training. Paper towels, toilet paper, small snack boxes of raisins, gold fish, graham crackers, individual packages of peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, and boxed juices would be very helpful. Place in the collection boxes at the entrances to the church. ( Rus Roach, 615.664.6021,

Sunday Mornings | 9 a.m. | Room 370



e are excited to announce that we will start a Nearly/Newlywed Class on January 6 at 9 a.m. in Room 370. This class is intended to bring about authentic discussion about the reality of marriage. God has ordained marriage and we want to walk together in this journey learning how to live the Biblical model that God intends.


We will be learning about many areas of marriage: financial, emotional, physical, spiritual and much more!

Crow’s Corner


by Tom Crow, executive pastor



appy New Year! Gain a good hold on your personal finances with Financial Peace University (FPU)! Think of this verse: “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” Matthew 6:24. Financial Peace University is practical and entertaining! Whether you are struggling to make ends meet or you are a millionaire, FPU has something for you! The average family completing the course pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in just 90 days. That’s an $8,000 change in financial position! The first ten First Baptist Nashville individuals/couples to register will receive the materials for $50. The second ten First Baptist Nashville individuals/couples to register will receive the materials for $75. Others registering will be charged $90. Join us for FPU as part of our Life Change University beginning February 10! Register soon by contacting Lori Towns at 615.664.6001 or MEN @ PRAYER Guys, join us for a hot breakfast and prayer for our church, city, and each other on Tuesday, January 8, at 7:00 a.m. We pray until 7:30 a.m., then have hot pancakes with all the fixings! A New Year Calling No matter what happens else this New Year—happiness or sadness, health or disease, wealth or poverty—let’s not be diverted from our primary mission which is feeding the poor, being salt and light to the world, praying for our leaders, and above all else, helping other people accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. God bless you in this calling. I’m praying for you; we are available to help you with resources, and we are on mission alongside you—constantly sharing our faith with others.


by Paul Clark, TBC director of worship and music ministries Thursday, January 24 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary


n the last twelve and a half years of living in the Nashville area, while serving the Tennessee Baptist Convention as Director of Worship and Music Ministries, I have experienced a myriad of rich blessings. One of those ongoing blessings has been the humbling privilege of directing the Tennessee Ladies Chorus and Tennessee Men’s Chorale, which are choirs comprised of ministering musicians who serve Tennessee Baptist churches all across our state. Another blessing has been the joy of living in the Music City. Being here has brought me together with Camp Kirkland, one of the finest instrumental arrangers for church music. Still another rich blessing has been an ongoing association with First Baptist Nashville. Mark Edwards has been a dear friend and colleague on so many levels for me. Serving for 20 months as Interim Minister of Music at First Baptist alongside Pastor Frank Lewis was a lifegiving inspiration at a time I very much needed such, especially during a time of health challenges. Welcoming my brother in ministry, Joe Fitzpatrick, to First Baptist Nashville as the new Worship Pastor was a special treat. I am excited to announce to you that all of these blessings have opportunity to come together on Thursday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Nashville. We’ll do a recording concert where the Tennessee Ladies Chorus, the Tennessee Men’s Chorale, and the Nashville Praise Symphony will perform for an upcoming compact disc release. We also want to add congregational singing on portions of the recording for which we would like to invite you to participate. We will be inviting churches and church leaders from all over the area to join us at “the Mother church,” First Baptist Nashville, to sing praise to our Lord, and to capture the moments for sharing and inspiration in months and years to come. Please join us for a unique evening of recording the sounds of choir, orchestra, and congregational praise and proclamation through song.


Assault Prevention

& Awareness Training Ages: 16+ | RSVP Required

January 6 | 1 – 5 p.m. | Room 145 Space Limited | Cost: $20

( Margi Hawkins, 615.664.6050,



First Women Wednesday Night Bible Study

adies, join us on January 9, 5:30 p.m. in Room 150F, as we study the book of Revelation. Beth Moore presents many points of view allowing women to decide for themselves when the interpretation varies among scholars. She teaches that God is specific about what He does reveal, as He is about what He does not reveal. Book cost is $10.




ost people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. Join us at First Baptist Nashville to find hope, healing, and help.

( Clancey Garcia, 713.876.0013,

( Noe Garcia, 615.664.6064,




Volunteer Opportunity for Photographers

ach Sunday, a First Baptist Nashville volunteer photographs each new member, our participants in the parent-child dedication, and Sunday flowers. A team of three volunteers provides this service. Are you a photographer with a camera who would volunteer to assist us? It is a great opportunity to meet new members and to help the church celebrate the Lord’s blessings! ( Tom Crow, 615.664.6020,

Widows Luncheon

Sunday, January 13 | Room 140 | Following Worship


oin us for our inaugural widows luncheon and invite a widowed friend. The menu is soup and sandwiches, drinks and dessert. There is no cost! This is simply a time to get to know others who have shared experiences. There’s no program—just time to fellowship and enjoy time together. ( Margi Hawkins, 615.664.6050,


CenturyMen and the Central College Wind Ensemble

Central College Wind Ensemble | Sunday Morning, January 6 CenturyMen in Concert | Sunday Morning, February 3


wo great worship, ministry, and outreach opportunities are on the horizon as First Baptist Nashville hosts the Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble and The CenturyMen as a part of our Sunday Morning Worship experiences. The Central College Symphonic Wind Ensemble will be with us on Sunday morning, January 6. Central College is a Christian liberal arts college just outside Des Moines, Iowa. We will be serving as hosts for The CenturyMen from January 31 – February 8, as they are in Nashville recording a new CD in our Sanctuary. They will be singing and leading worship together with us in our Morning Worship Service on Sunday, February 3. Please utilize these unique opportunities to invite your family, friends, neighbors, and business associates to join you for worship with our First Baptist Nashville Family of Faith. ( Joe Fitzpatrick, 615.664.6031,


Central College Wind Ensemble

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Mountain Movers Second Annual Men’s Retreat C

“Be strong and of good courage.” —Joshua 1:6— January 18 – 19, 2013 Deer Run Retreat Center Gather to serve as iron sharpening iron, encouraging in fellowship, Bible study, and prayer, to become Kingdom Men helping to change the world for Christ.

Cost is $60. Register on Sundays in the Foyer after worship or register online at

( Tom Crow, 615.664.6020,

Evangel | 01.2013  

The January 2013 issue of the Evangel, a monthly publication of First Baptist Nashville.